Is Dentistry Right For You?

Would you love a career in dentistry?
Would you love a career in dentistry?

You are a compassionate person, great with your hands and creative in finding solutions. You enjoyed the sciences at school and thrived under the pressures at university. Your heart is full of hope and aspiration. Does this make you a natural dentist? Is dentistry the right career choice for you?

Your Journey

You spend time shadowing a dentist and realise that you are only at the start of a very long journey. The length of this journey is not defined. You are in control of how far you want to take your career. Is your eventual aim to become a dental provider in a small community where dentistry is managed around your lifestyle? Or perhaps you want to move towards a specialism and become a referral point for all other dentists? Maybe you will find your niche as a solid player on the front line of a large clinic and be happy with not having the pressure of clinic ownership.

Dentistry as a Lifestyle…Is it the right career choice for you?

Career Choices in Dentistry

These are just a few of the wide variety of choices facing young dentists as they set out on their dental career. However,there is no right or wrong answer, it is simply a case of finding out what is right for you…what is good for your life value. Is money your driver, or is providing oral health for everyone your driver? Is time your biggest influence and finding a work/life balance that allows you to pursue other interests?

You are one step closer to happiness. You have made your decision on how you want your life story to play out. Be entirely honest with yourself. However, another way of looking at this is to ask yourself what the rewards for your efforts should be? Is being rewarded with happy and healthy patients enough for you? Perhaps your reward is winning an accolade, or being invited to give a presentation or training session? How important are the material things such as a quality car, a larger house, or a statement watch?

The rewards that you aim to gain from your dental career, almost defines your career path. Do you elect to work in the NHS environment, possibly in a dental hospital or in a local clinic? Perhaps you jump into private dentistry to see more challenging cases and reap higher rewards? Do you look into buying your own dental clinic, or a partnership in one?

Recently, we have seen many dentists launch a secondary earning stream. This could be anything from working for a supplier or manufacturer to singing on TV. In short, dentists are becoming more entrepreneurial. Is this something that you should be considering?

Could you be part of the dental team?
Could you be part of the dental team?

Who Can Advise You?

Talk to as many people around you as you can about your career path, and not just your colleagues in dentistry. People outside the profession may not fully understand the nuances of your choices. They will be able to offer advice on what makes you happy. This is vital. There are too many unhappy dentists around us who have not been honest with themselves and have aimed at the wrong path. We are often too insular in dentistry, especially when talking about our careers. Break this mould and talk to friends and family who have nothing to do with dentistry as they can provide you with the clarity of vision we all need. Most importantly, is dentistry the right career choice for you?

The 5 Questions

Rudyard Kipling’s 5 questions are vital…who, why, where, when and how? Who do I want to work with? Why do I want to work in that type of clinical environment as opposed to another? Where do I want to work? When do I want to work…and when do I not want to work? How do I find this ideal role? The last question is simple…you are on the right website to find a wide variety of roles across the UK and soon in Australia. We wish you every success in finding the right career path for you, and to finding the right role to achieve happiness.
https://blueglovejobs.com/

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Good Luck With Your Job Search

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Five Things To Avoid When Recruiting!

Five Things To Avoid When Recruiting!

We have all made blunders when it comes to recruiting new staff.

There are some things to avoid, making work life easier for everyone.

The first rule …

… of recruiting is never employ someone recommended by another member of staff. If it does not work out, you could lose two members of staff, not just one!

The second rule …

… is never to recruit either a patient or a patient’s family member. Again, if things don’t work out you run the risk of losing a patient as well as a member of staff.

Thirdly …

… never recruit someone who is passionate about their hobby…it will always take second place to work. Imagine someone is a mad keen surfer and the best waves were to be found in Portugal. Would their mind be on the job or on the surf board?

Fourthly …

… and potentially most importantly, references. Taking references on every new recruit is imperative. This goes without saying really, but assess the quality of the person giving the reference. Exclude references from family members (you’d be surprised at how often this is offered!) and previous teachers/lecturers as these cannot reflect work ethic other than attendance in class. You want your younger staff to do much more than just turn up for class. A great way of getting references is on the phone, but if this is not possible, then by writing. Make sure to ask specific questions about dates worked, roles the candidate was employed in, what did they bring to the role that made them stand out. This is your opportunity to ask specific questions about the person you are about to trust your reputation with, so accuracy is vital.

And Finally …

… never hire anyone if you could do their job better than them. This applies right across the board, including non-clinical staff. Let your new recruits lead the way at reception, in treatment planning, in managing your practice or assisting you at chairside.

Success!

 

Each role in a clinic requires a special skill set and not everyone can do every job in your practice. Try to place yourself in their position and ask if you would do anything differently. Dentists should try being a dental nurse or a receptionist for the day so as to appreciate fully the role requirements.

Good luck in recruiting your next staff member. Don’t forget to post your next vacancy on BlueGloveJobs so that you attract the cream of the crop!